The Changing Seasons of Life
We’re in the midst of the summer season [period of time] enjoying long, warm days, summer vacations, and the beauty of trees and flowers in full bloom. But soon it will end and we will transition to another season – it is the cycling of seasons. From winter to spring to summer to fall, we experience seasons that cycle over and over again. God talked about seasons in His Word. Genesis 8:22 (AMPC )22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Some seasons we prefer over others. And, in every season, we make adjustments to adapt because every season comes with its own uniqueness. The interesting thing about seasons is that we not only live in natural seasons, but we experience seasons in our lives that are relatable to these natural seasons.
King Solomon wrote about the seasons of life in the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 3:1(NLT) 1For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
From the moment of our birth to the moment of our death, God is accomplishing His divine purpose through life’s seasons, even when we don’t understand or appreciate what is happening. Unlike the natural seasons of the earth, there is no specific duration or transition time between the seasons of life. But know this: God is at work in our individual lives through the good times and through the not so good times. He has made life’s seasons beautiful and appropriate in their time.
Recognize that your life is a gift from God. In view of the difficulties of life that we experience from day to day, it may be difficult to view life as a gift in an undesirable season. But it is no less a gift. When we accept life as a gift and thank God for it, we will have a better attitude and outlook about the difficulties that come our way. If we are focused on accepting life as undesirable or a burden, then we will miss the beauty of the gifts that God gives us.
Regardless of the season you’re in, you can find something for which to be thankful. Yes, life consists of toil and labor, but along with that comes fruit through our perseverance. And, even through the difficult seasons and transitions, God is good. When we live for Him and let Him have His way, life is meaningful. So, instead of becoming discouraged and complaining about what we don't have and the undesirable things in our life, we should be focused on what we do have and thank God for the good things.
Here’s the really good part - seasons change – they don’t stay the same. We can look forward to changing seasons: winter turning to spring and spring turning to summer and so on. We simply need to wait on the Lord, be of good courage and allow Him to strengthen our heart/resolve to stand strong until our change of season comes.